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The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will give its final performance of the academic year Monday, April 14, at Western Carolina University.

The concert, open to the public free of charge, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus.

The orchestra is a unique collaboration between students and faculty from the WCU School of Music and community musicians from Jackson, Swain, Macon, Buncombe and Haywood counties, said Bradley Martin, associate professor of music and conductor of the ensemble.


Western Carolina University will host a lunar eclipse viewing event outside at the Jackson County Airport from 1:30 to 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15.

Astronomy faculty from WCU will set up telescopes for viewing the eclipse, which will end at 4:30 a.m., and other astronomical objects including the planet Mars.

Lunar eclipses occur when the moon, Earth and the sun are aligned so that the shadow of the Earth is cast on the moon. The April lunar eclipse is a total eclipse, which means that the moon will be completely covered by the Earth’s shadow. Unlike total solar eclipses, when the moon comes in between the Earth and the sun, lunar eclipses can be viewed safely with the naked eye.


The Overlook Theatre presents “Tarzan,” Disney’s Broadway Musical Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 3, 4, and 5, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 6, at 2:30 p.m. at Franklin High School Fine Arts Center.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students.

Advanced tickets are avaiable at the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce.


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Sonfire Media announces the release of the book, “All the Damn Christians: A Glimpse into the Mirror of Hypocrisy,” by John W. Stiles, PhD.

Dr. Stiles is a native of Sylva, N.C., but spends much of his time traveling the globe as an international speaker, and as U.S. Director for Hannam University in South Korea. He is a graduate of Montreat College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

In his book, Stiles presents a research-based look at non-Christian’s perceptions of the Church. His title, “All the Damn Christians,” comes directly from a study respondent who wrote, “I would have a much higher regard for the religion itself if it weren’t for all the damn Christians.”

Stiles reminds us that Christians have been called hypocrites for centuries, and even now, many nonbelievers react defensively at the slightest reference to Christianity. In his book, the author shares candid insights as to why the world rejects the faith and illustrates how Christians can turn hypocrisy into opportunity.


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